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Intensive Training Option

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This option is designed for those who  prefer to concentrate on improving their riding skills, and enjoy the well trained sensitive horses, as well as the top class instructors.
This program is very popular with guests who come for the second time (or others who just keep coming back..) This option includes lessons in the morning and afternoon, plus  some lunge sessions which are excellent for improving  seat, balance and posture.  Sometimes guests like to change one of the  lessons for a trail ride, just for fun... 

Sunday: WELCOME
Guests arrive in the afternoon (after 4.00 p.m.), earliest arrival time, either by pick-up in the airport or train station in Sevilla (10 - 20 minute drive) or by means of their own transport. A free transfer service is offered between 3.30 pm and 8.00 pm. After these hours the service will be charged.
Meet your hosts and get to know your way around. You may appreciate a dip in the private pool, or perhaps discover the pleasures of the Spanish afternoon "siesta" after a tiring journey.
In the evening, you will be escorted to the nearby town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia. Carmona, is the oldest continually inhabited village in Europe and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, inside the ancient fortified walls, you will feel and breathe the spirits of ancient cultures, Iberians, Visigoths, Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, in the innumerable examples of their architectural influence in the churches, towers, palaces and mansions as well as in the inherited customs.
Later, possibly under an indigo sky or in the interior of a centuries-old olive oil mill, you will savour the delights of the local cuisine which still makes full use of ingredients which compose the famous healthy Mediterranean diet, olive oil, garlic, onions, vegetables and fruit.
Monday
Guests are welcome to join yard work and grooming if they wish, or simple enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Be ready to mount up at 10.30 aprox. After the trail riders leave for their morning ride.  Everything is quieter now, ready for the  dressage lessons.. Your first lesson will be an  assessment for your instructor, who will note your good points and the areas which need to be worked on. It is also the first chance for you to get used to your horse and the more sensitive style  of riding required for the Andalusian and Iberian horses . Our goal is that you get as much improvement and fun out  of  your lessons as possible .
After a break, get ready for your first lunging sessions.
Once the lessons are over,   Relax with a book  in the garden or by the pool. You are also more than welcome to stay and sit  by the arenas and watch the daily training of our horses.
Meet the rest of the group for lunch in our own cafeteria where you will have your first experience of typical Andalusian home cooking, courtesy of our resident cook and sample our excellent local house wine.
AFTERNOON can be spent by the pool, or if you are feeling in need of culture, take a bus into Carmona to explore the old streets, the archaelogical sites or the Roman Necropolis, the second largest in the World after Rome itself. Equitation lessons will take place in the late afternoon when life is a little cooler.
EVENING: Dinner at the center, followed by a glass of cool fino or wine  while enjoying some horsey conversation.
Tuesday: ROYAL ANDALUCIAN SCHOOL OF EQUESTRIAN ART
Early breakfast at 8.30 a.m., leaving at 9.00 a.m. for Jerez de la Frontera, in the province of Cádiz, one hour away by car. Jerez is internationally renowned for its production of sherries and brandies and your trip will include a visit to a famous wine shop where you will be able to sample some of the different local varieties. However, the main attraction of the day will be the visit to the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, an equestrian performance titled, "Those Amazing Dancing Andalusian Stallions" (Ticket Price: 24 €). Here you  will  be privileged to see the magnificent Andalusian stallions at their best, at home in the breathtaking setting of their 18th Century palace and the riding hall. They will be performing piaffe, passage and the airs above the ground (courbette, capriole, etc) in a spectacle of light, music and colour, only to be compared with the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Fernando knows many of the world famous riders. Vivi  trained at the School for four years  and  performed frequently in the Show.  Return for lunch to the center, followed by lessons in the afternoon.
EVENING:   Dinner. Collapse with a book or some good conversation
Wednesday
The lessons will take place  as soon as the ride leaves.  As the week progresses so will your dressage, hopefully performing  more advanced  movements.
After the lesson, stay and continue observing the daily training of    the  geldings, mares and stallions, from young and green to very advance. We also train the school Masters periodically a to keep them sensitive and in good shape for guests to enjoy and get the most benefit out of.
Thursday
Same as Wednesday, except that today we will include your  second lunge session.
Friday
Morning  enjoy your  last lesson. By this time you might be performing some of the more advanced  moves ( this will depend on the riders ability).  
Last lunch is the famous Paella accompanied by the not less famous and popular Sangría!
In the afternoon , after a well deserved “siesta”, get changed in to your City finery ready to hit Seville. The first stop, on of the best quality leather and tack shops in the City (always a popular request) followed by a classical Flamenco Show (ticket price 32€). The show includes over 15 dancers of national and international fame, traditional singers and wonderful flamenco guitar.
After a short walk, we will arrive a at an excellent restaurant providing both Spanish and International cuisine for the last dinner of the holiday and some superb Spanish wine.
Saturday: SAYING GOODBYE!
Enjoy your last breakfast with us. It is time for good byes and last minute pictures of all the new friends, human and animal. We offer complementary transport to the airport and train station, even if you have a very early start. Last trip will be at 11.00 am.

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Train and Trail - in Southern Spain
Tour Code: IT-SPSR30
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,830.00
Dates: Available all year

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Intensive Training Option
Tack: English
Horses: Andalusian and Andalusian cross
Pace: All paces according to riding level - ...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Jumps
Airport: Seville
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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